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Forex agents banned after misappropriating £9 million

Two foreign exchange agents banned for a total of 24 years after securing more than £9 million from clients only to use the funds to pay back previous clients.


Forex agents banned after misappropriating £9 million
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Oct 6, The Insolvency Service: Peter John Roebuck (65), from Berkhamsted, Buckinghamshire, and Preston-based Francis Edward Tarling (75) both received 12-year disqualifications and their bans are effective from 1 October 2020.


The foreign exchange agents are now banned from acting as directors or directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.


Roebuck and Tarling were directors of a company called Concept Consultancy Services Limited and between May 2011 and May 2016, the company entered into Private Loan Agreements with clients worth at least £9.1 million.


Clients were promised that their funds would be used by a third party to conduct forex trades and Concept Consultancy Services would make returns to the client to meet monthly interest and loan repayments.


But the company began to struggle and in September 2017, Concept Consultancy Services entered into administration before being liquidated in August 2018. The company’s insolvency, however, brought Concept Consultancy Services to the attention of the Insolvency Service, who discovered several instances of misconduct.


Investigators established that £9.3 million of client’s funds was paid into two of Concept Consultancy Service’s bank accounts. However, at least £8.4 million was used to meet the interest and loan repayments of earlier clients.


Further enquiries discovered that at least 15 investors who entered into loan agreements after September 2015 received no repayments from Concept Consultancy Services.


At the date of the company’s administration, the foreign exchange firm had no funds in its bank account and owed at least £11.2 million to 204 clients who were expecting contractual interest and loan repayments.


On 10 September 2020, the Secretary of State accepted 12-year disqualification undertakings from both Roebuck and Tarling.

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